Stuart Sweet· The Shadow Knows!
Received the following reply:Within the last week or so, DirecTV has started carrying the Augusta DMA stations in HD.
WJBF (6), WRDW (12), and WFXG (54) are all being delivered in HD. WAGT, however, is still arriving in standard definition (480i) via DirecTV. I know you are broadcasting in HD as I can get it over the air that way.
I expect you are aware of this already, but didn't want to take a chance that it was going unnoticed.
We are trying te get an answer from them about why they are doing this.
We hope to have it cleared up soon.
Boilerplate reply from DirecTV via email:Customer (Doug Wilson) - 09/03/2008 10:52 AM
Broadcast of Augusta GA local channels in HD began on DirecTV a week or so ago.
The NBC affiliate, WAGT 26 is still being shown in standard definition although the other major network affiliates are now in HD. WAGT Chief Engineer claims problem is not at their end.
A "satellite capacity" issue -- yeah, right. "Cannot comment on channels ... that are in negotiations...", now THAT I might buy.Response (Jerome G. - 100205818) - 09/03/2008 12:56 PM
Dear Mr. Wilson,
Thanks for writing. You've been with us since 1997 and we would like to thank you for keeping your business with us.
We can't currently offer all of your local channels in HD because our satellite capacity doesn't allow us to do that yet.
We're continuing to expand our HD capacity and hope to offer more HD channels in your area in the near future. However, we cannot comment on channels, national or local, that are in negotiations.
Jerome G. - 100205818
DIRECTV Customer Service
As KYTV in Springfield didn't get added today, looks like it might be an issue with carriage agreements with the owner - Schurz Communications. (They own WAGT too).makaiguy said:Posted to DirecTV via their website:
Boilerplate reply from DirecTV via email:
A "satellite capacity" issue -- yeah, right. "Cannot comment on channels ... that are in negotiations...", now THAT I might buy.
jacksonm30354 said:As KYTV in Springfield didn't get added today, looks like it might be an issue with carriage agreements with the owner - Schurz Communications. (They own WAGT too).